Belgian union workers say they will remain on strike at Volkswagen’s Brussels plant for at least another week after the German car maker said it will stop production of the Golf there. Some 4,000 jobs in the factory are at stake, but it is not only people directly employed by VW who are worried. One man said: “We want to know what’s going to happen because we’re subcontractors, anyway we’re outside, we’re all outside, the whole company’s going to fold and there we are.”
VW says production of the Polo will continue in Brussels but it is a very small part of the factory’s operations and many are convinced it would not be enough to maintain the plant. “Keeping 1,500 workers, that’s fantasy,” said one employee. “It’ll be shut by the end of next year. They’re just saying that to keep us quiet, because people will think there’s always the hope that they will be in the 1,500.”
Volkswagen has not confirmed reports that it will shift more manufacturing of the Polo to Brussels. Some 300 employees organised a short peaceful protest march near the plant. VW has appealed to unions to guarantee the best possible condition for talks and urged them not to trash the factory, currently blockaded by workers.